Apr 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!!!

Ethan at 2 1/2 years old in tie dye shirt!

Earth Day! Can you believe that we’ve been celebrating Earth Day for 40 years? April 22, 1970 marked the first Earth Day and the birth of the modern environmental movement. Launched by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who planned this first national environmental protest "to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda," the first Earth Day saw 20 million Americans join the demonstration in massive coast-to-coast rallies. This was at the end of the ‘60s, and man, we had that demonstrating thing down!

Isn't it great to see how Earth Day projects and programs have helped to raise awareness and unite people around the world? And isn’t amazing to see such a higher degree of consciousness from people and companies? However, there is so much more to do – and it starts with our children!

As I mentioned in a previous blog, one of my happiest parenting moments was when Ethan told me as I was brushing my teeth with the water running, “Mom, you’re hurting the earth! Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth!” I almost danced around the bathroom! (This was as good as hearing Ethan ask, “is this organic?” and “is this healthy?” in the grocery store!) I was soooo happy to see that the “be kind to the planet” message that I try to communicate to him on a regular basis was taking hold.

It also taught me what great little observers our children are, and that the best way to teach is by example. There are a few easy things to do and to teach your children:

1. Turn water off when brushing teeth
2. Turn off lights to conserve electricity
3. Learn to love the leftovers so you don’t waste food
4. Recycle
5. Use both sides of the paper
6. Drink water from the tap
7. Grow something to eat
8. Buy local to eat whenever possible
9. Take short showers
10. Unplug any device that isn’t being used

I love my job! I just love finding great products that are great for kids -- unique products made from unique materials – sustainable wood, organic fabrics, recycled materials – that are made in a way that is kind to the planet. Books and toys that educate our children about diversity, promote community involvement and teach them responsible stewardship of our planet. I love helping children explore their world in a fun, creative, imaginative way – and hope it shows!

Here are a few favorite items from Rosie Hippo that I’ve used them to teach Ethan about being kind to the Earth:


“The Lorax” is my absolute favorite children’s book about how one child can make a difference! Read the Lorax to your child & act it out, build a list of what went wrong & how to be kind to the earth.

“10 Things I Can Do To Help My World” empowers kids to make a difference by showing them what they can do every day to save our resources. Read this book with your child and make recycling bins out of recycled materials. I did this with Ethan’s nursery class last year and they loved it!

“The Greening Book”
is wonderful with lots of ideas and inspiration for children to learn to appreciate the earth's gifts and protect and care for our planet.

“The Down to Earth Guide for Global Warming”
by environmental activist Laurie David is fun and makes this topic understandable to children.

Read "Fairy Houses" and make fairies of recycled materials, then build fairy houses on a nature walk.

Use the “Woods Walk” book to create a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of things for the children to find in nature --- give each child a list and a pen and a magnifying lens to find the items.

“My Nature Book”
– take the children on a nature hike and have them complete a page of the journal and to create wonderful memories of their outdoor adventures.

Here come the recycling trucks! Made of responsibly harvested maple, our cute little Recycling Scoot will be a daily reminder of the importance of recycling. This toddler sized Recycle Truck is a favorite! On a larger scale, the deluxe hardwood Recycle Truck looks and performs just like the real thing with a tilting bed and recycling cans. My son loves to drive this truck around the house, filling it with paper for recycling!

Other Great Stuff
Huggable Earth Ball
A lovable, huggable fabric ball with more than 600 locations noted so geographical awareness is heightened through play.

Smiling Planet Plates

Totally natural, totally recyclable, totally darling designs to enchant both parents and children. These plates celebrate the world and its diversity with a message that we are all connected.

This unique backpack is made of recycled fabric that allows your budding artist to color in all of their favorite Rosie friends over and over again! Wash it to create a new design.

Place an Order/Plant a Tree
For each order placed through Earth Day (April 22), Rosie Hippo will plant a tree through the United Nations Environment Program's Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign.

Remember to stop and enjoy the planet, on Earth Day and every day!



Ingram said...

I love this post and wish that everyone would just follow these few simple steps to making our beautiful Earth a better place to live.

It's just a few simple things that we can all do collectively will make a huge difference, even though we can often feel like we're not that important, we all are!

I also think that taking more care in what you buy, like only buying wooden toys from places like www.woodentoygallery.co.uk rather then plastic will help us maintain our wonderful world. Thanks for the great article!

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